The $7.5 Million Question: Is Julian Peterson Worth It for the Detroit Lions?

May 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Last offseason, Detroit made a trade with its usual trade partner the Seattle Seahawks, acquiring Julian Peterson for former DT Cory Redding, who signed a seven-year, $49 million deal the previous year, while Peterson had signed a massive deal with Seattle a few years back.
The reason for the trade was Redding was not a fit for Detroit, and Peterson was one of many in the formerly great Seattle LB corps.
But that is beyond the point.
In his first year, Peterson massively underperformed with a nearly $8 million paycheck. Granted, he was a Pro Bowl alternate, only amassing a near career-low 74 tackles, and he is going to be 32 this year.
While most figured he was to be traded again this offseason or let go, personally I believe it was a great move to keep this aging linebacker.
Yes, I did say aging.
But age is not the problem. I personally think the problem was who he played alongside last year and don't believe the age was the cause for this near career l...

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